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Romania qualify, England and Serbia shine

Romania booked their UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship place with a game to spare, while Serbia and England both climbed top of their groups with significant victories.

Serbia celebrate their first goal against Denmark
Serbia celebrate their first goal against Denmark ©Marko Djurić

Romania became the first side to qualify for this summer's UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, which will be the first female final tournament the country has competed in. In the same section 2010 winners France got their first win while Serbia and England both moved into commanding positions in their sections.

Group 1
Last year's runners-up Norway fell 3-1 to a Portugal side who took control through first-half goals by Vanessa Malho and Rita Gonçalves and then killed off their opponents with Diana Silva's injury-time strike, after Helene Clausen Haavik had raised Norwegian hopes. With Nicky Van Den Abbeele and substitutes Tine Schrijvers and Anne Muni giving Belgium victory over the Czech Republic, all four teams now have three points apiece.

Group 2
Sweden striker Elin Rubensson hit a hat-trick to ensure the mini-tournament hosts recovered from Magdalena Knysak's early penalty to beat Poland 3-1. The Scandinavians remain level on points with holders Germany, their next opponents, who earned a second successive 2-0 victory, as Jennifer Cramer and Melanie Leupolz found the net against Northern Ireland.

Group 3
Romania built on their opening win over France by beating Iceland to secure their progress. Andrea Herczeg gave them a third-minute lead and skipper Ştefania Vătafu secured the victory in the 75th minute. France, 2010 winners, got their first points as Viviane Asseyi's solitary late goal decided a tight match against the Netherlands to give them hope of progressing as best runners-up.

Group 4
Serbia are a point away from sealing their first appearance in a UEFA women's final tournament after Nevena Damjanović struck twice in a stunning 4-2 victory over Denmark. Milan Rastavac's side looked to have missed their chance when they relinquished a 2-0 lead, but goals from Jelena Čanković and Damjanović earned a win that leaves them three points clear at the summit. A draw on Thursday against Switzerland, 2-0 victors over the Republic of Ireland, would be enough to secure top spot.

Group 5
The games in Sochi (Spain v Russia, Italy v Scotland) were postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. They may now take place on Tuesday.

Group 6
Hosts England are favourites to progress after thumping neighbours Wales 6-0 to climb three points clear at the top. Bethany England scored the first goal after 41 minutes and also got the last while in between Nikita Parris fired a hat-trick. Sherry McCue claimed perhaps the pick of the goals, with an unstoppable 30-metre strike. Austria bounced back from their loss to Wales by defeating Finland thanks to goals by skipper Sarah Zadrazil and Verena Aschauer.


The second qualifying round, which began on Saturday, concludes on Thursday. The six group winners and the runners-up with the best record against the teams first and third in their section will join hosts Turkey in the finals from 2 to 14 July.